Black Tea Review: English Tea Store Kambaa

ETS Kambaa

Company/Brand Name: English Tea Store

Tea Name: Kambaa

Tea Category: Black Tea

Form: Loose Leaf / CTC (Crush-Tear-Curl)

Origin of Tea Leaf: Kenya

The Leaves: The cut leaves look similar to instant coffee yet the fragrance reminds me of sweet biscuits

Additions: None 

Flavor: A earthy, malty/biscuity and strong tasting black tea that has a touch of sweetness and a slightly bitter finish 

Overall: 4.1/5

I really enjoyed this tea, so much so, that I’ve nearly finished the whole sample before writing this review.

Because of Kambaa’s rich flavor, it is a tea I wish I had tried when I first wanted to switch from coffee to tea, I think it would have made my transition a little smoother. In all, it is a great “starter” tea.


The Kambaa tea I ordered is part of an Estate Teas sampler pack. Each one-ounce sample is shipped in a simple, black bag that appears to be thick-plastic.

All the re-sealable tea pouches are labeled with the name of the tea, but there are no steeping instructions. Consequently, I had to go the English Tea Store’s website for more information.

As a side note: Upon receiving my Estate Teas sampler pack, I discovered that two of the advertised teas were omitted, both the Lover’s Leap and Margaret’s Hope.

To compensate for the difference, I was shipped duplicates of two that I had received. The sampler webpage does stipulate that: “substitutions may be made according to availability.” Plus, I can’t complain since I had recieved over eight ounces of tea for as little as 8.00 dollars.

Tea Review:

The first sip I took of the Kambaa estate tea reminded me of my coffee drinking days because of its robust, rich and earthy taste.

But then I notice the malty/biscuity flavor and memories of my first experience with Assam are renewed. Along with this flavor is a touch of sweetness that brings to mind images of rising dough and jam.

Then, as the tea makes it way to the back of my throat, I notice the bitterness. I personally find the bitterness pleasing; it wakes me up and makes me feel invincible for a brief moment.  

If needing a little superheroine mojo for the day, have a cup of this black tea and feel your superpowers reach their peak. Oh, and don’t forget to wear something to remind you throughout the day that you are pure awesomeness! 

Preparation Tips:

The English Tea Store suggests a steep-time of 2 to 5 minutes in water that has been brought to a boil (212F).

Kambaa brews fairly quickly, so depending upon how strong you like your tea, even a one-minute steep may be long enough to get the flavor you desire. Since I love a good strong black tea, I went for the full five minutes.

I found that a stainless-steel, mesh ball infuser works perfectly with this tea because the leaves don’t expand when steeped. I can’t say that very often!

Also, I found that a T-Sac tea filter works wonderfully too. Plus, you have the convenience factor of not having to wash out the infuser. Simply toss the used T-Sac when done. No cleanup and no fuss.

Vendor Provided Sample: No 

Affiliate Links: No

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.


Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

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